Just Breathe

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There’s something powerful about focusing on breath when the world feels like it is spinning out of control.  The simplicity of what actually keeps us alive. Even when we feel like living is squeezing the life out of us.  Just breathe.  

Sometimes, though, its the focus on breathing that can make us feel like there is no more breath to be had.  We panic as if we are going under, grasping at fistfuls of water.   Still, there is nothing left to do, but just breathe, as if it’s working.

There’s a light at each end of this tunnel.  And I’ve heard it’s no mirage.  But perhaps the tunnel is.  Its the light we breathe in.  If we know that it’s there. 

It’s 2 am and I can’t think of who to call.  Maybe if I could catch my breath.  Or remember who last called me in darkness, gasping for clarity.  Instead, I just lay still, on hot sheets, listening for a loving voice.  Reminding me of all I need to know.  Just breathe, Jenny.  Just breathe.

~jrb

PRESS PLAY:

Breathe, Anna Nalick
2 AM and she calls me ’cause I’m still awake,
“Can you help me unravel my latest mistake?
I don’t love him. Winter just wasn’t my season”
Yeah we walk through the doors, so accusing their eyes
Like they have any right at all to criticize,
Hypocrites. You’re all here for the very same reason’Cause you can’t jump the track, we’re like cars on a cable
And life’s like an hourglass, glued to the table
No one can find the rewind button, girl.
So cradle your head in your hands
And breathe… just breathe,
Oh breathe, just breathe
May he turned 21 on the base at Fort Bliss
“Just a day” he said down to the flask in his fist,
“Ain’t been sober, since maybe October of last year.”
Here in town you can tell he’s been down for a while,
But, my God, it’s so beautiful when the boy smiles,
Wanna hold him. Maybe I’ll just sing about it.
Cause you can’t jump the track, we’re like cars on a cable,
And life’s like an hourglass, glued to the table.
No one can find the rewind button, boys,
So cradle your head in your hands,
And breathe… just breathe,
Oh breathe, just breathe
There’s a light at each end of this tunnel,
You shout ’cause you’re just as far in as you’ll ever be out
And these mistakes you’ve made, you’ll just make them again
If you’d only try turning around.
2 AM and I’m still awake, writing a song
If I get it all down on paper, it’s no longer inside of me,
Threatening the life it belongs to
And I feel like I’m naked in front of the crowd
Cause these words are my diary, screaming out loud
And I know that you’ll use them, however you want to
But you can’t jump the track, we’re like cars on a cable,
And life’s like an hourglass, glued to the table
No one can find the rewind button now
Sing it if you understand.
and breathe, just breathe
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